Beyond that, though, there are other things that definitely exacerbated the issues. Simply losing Conley, firing David Fizdale, and a struggling Gasol do not make a team in contention for the #1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft lottery. It surely makes them a non-playoff team, but more is going on here. Just as it took multiple home runs, like the Tyreke Evans signing, for Memphis to make the playoffs, it has taken multiple failures to reach this point.
Then, there is Ben McLemore. Where JaMychal has had better days, McLemore really hasn’t. He has never posted a net rating better than -8 (he is currently at -14, and that, and this is true, is better than the past two seasons.) He has never posted a PER better than 10.4 (9.1 currently), or a win shares per 48 minutes better than .045 (.02 as of January 8th). One area where he is struggling compared to previous seasons is his three point shooting- he is a 35% shooter from beyond the arc for his career and is, right now, shooting 31.2% from range. Perhaps you chalk that up to the injury and missing camp...and the same could perhaps be said for concepts and a lack of understanding scheme.
But you also can see that, even with McLemore missing camp and never being part of a stable organization, it is possible to say he just isn’t very good, and a big swing and a miss on a contract. They needed to sign Green. They didn’t need McLemore, and his contract is the biggest mistake this front office made this past offseason.